Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A daily newspaper covering the news, politics, crime, sports, and business of the Newcastle and North East regions of England. Also features profiles of local newsmakers and celebrity news.

Articles from June 12, 2007

Action Day Makes World of Difference
Byline: By Amy Hunt Activities across the region marked World Environment Day on Tyneside. The Environment Agency organised a week of events for the public and their staff around the day, last Wednesday. Environment Agency workers teamed up...
A Game of Happy Families despite Sad Loss
Byline: BBy John Gibson John McNamee lives at home in Cockermouth, fortified not only by the red-blooded stories of a colourful career at the very height of professional football but treasured family memories he clings to more than most. The...
Benk Is Wary of Growling Bears
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Durham, preparing for their first major semi-final, are keen to keep the momentum going when they complete their Friends Provident Trophy group fixtures in Birmingham tomorrow. Hosts Warwickshire Bears need to win to join...
Big Sam Blast at City for Barton Wrangle
Byline: By Alan Oliver Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has hit out at Manchester City over the cash wrangle which is delaying his capture of midfielder Joey Barton, (writes Alan Oliver). The 24-year-old agreed his pounds 5.5m move to St James' Park...
Boom Toon
Byline: By Peter Young Two new hotels which will help tackle a shortage of bed space in Newcastle have been given the go-ahead as the city's building boom gathers pace. The developments, at the airport and in the city centre, will create jobs...
Dad Died in Line of Duty
Byline: By John Brophy Policeman stabbed in town centre Detectives will today try to piece together how one of their own police officers was killed by a knifeman in a town centre just half an hour into his shift. Pc John Henry, 36, had only...
Falcons Deal Is a Kit of All Right
Byline: By Nick Purewal Newcastle Falcons have secured an exclusive Nike kit sponsorship deal for next season. The Kingston Park outfit have switched from previous kit suppliers Kooga for the start of the 2007/08 campaign, and the new home and...
Get Ready to Say Your Goodbyes
Byline: By Adam Jupp Eyesore will be bulldozed Love it or loathe it ( either way, the Get Carter car park is coming down. The multi-storey in Gateshead, which featured in the 1971 Michael Caine gangster flick, has long been a source of controversy....
Gun Victim's Boy in Airport Arrest
Byline: By Garry Willey A slain drug dealer's son was caught with a cache of weapons when he flew home from a Far East holiday. Ryan Burns, whose father David "Noddy" Rice was executed in a gangland gun ambush, had flown into Newcastle International...
Henman Aiming for Brit Treble
Tim Henman was hoping to become the third Briton to reach the second round of the Artois Championships at Queen's Club today. Henman, competing in the tournament for a 14th successive year, faced 18-year-old wild card Marin Cilic of Croatia, with...
In the News
Janet Macleod Trotter's new novel, A Handful of Stars, tells the tale of a family from the North East who become entangled in Oswald Mosley's unsuccessful fascist campaign of the 30s. Here she talks to Miriam Davies Q: What sparked off the initial...
Leading Man Takes West End to Whitley
Byline: By Gordon Barr Musicals star Peter Karrie is back in the region tomorrow. Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr has the details Peter Karrie has played some of the world's best-known theatres. But one of his favourites is right here on Tyneside...
Lesson on Perils of Gay Prejudice
Byline: By Gareth Deighan Students take true-life tale of murder to school A catholic school has held a workshop based on the story of a student who was murdered for being gay. Teenagers from St Mary's Catholic Comprehensive School, on Benton...
Lita Will Bounce Back ( Skipper
England Under-21 skipper Nigel Reo-Coker has backed Leroy Lita to recover from his penalty disappointment in their opening game of the European Champion-ships in Holland. Lita dragged his spot-kick wide with three minutes left against the Czech...
Man Drove with His Leg in Plaster
Byline: By Garry Willey Stunned witnesses watched in disbelief as a crash driver hobbled from his car ( with his leg in plaster. Graeme Hampton had got behind the wheel of the Hyundai Lantra even though he had the cast on his broken right foot....
Mum Must Pay to Get Her Stolen Bike
Byline: By Helen Rae Police charge for its storage A furious motorcyclist is being forced to shell out more than pounds 200 to get her stolen machine back from police. Victoria Heughan, 31, was devastated when thieves took her MZETZ150 Luxus...
Nanny State Will Never Win This War
The smoking ban on July 1 is just the start. Now the puritanical zealots are telling us how many alcoholic units to drink. What will be next? No sausage rolls? A decrease in the weekly fishfinger intake or a cream cake embargo? I would assume once...
New Boy Greg's Future Hal Right
New boy Greg Halford committed himself to Sunderland for four years ( then staked a permanent claim to the club's problem right-back role. The 22-year-old is aiming to tie down a position which has been something of a concern for Sunderland in recent...
No Justice
Byline: By Lisa Hutchinson Heartbroken mother Kathleen Stewart lost the son she loved when he died after being found with fatal head injuries slumped near a block of flats. For almost six months she liaised with police as they and the Crown Prosecution...
Parker Gives Cambridge Blues
Bradley Parker's eighth Minor Counties century left Northumberland firmly in control going into the final day of their three-day clash with Cambridgeshire at Benwell Hill. The 37-year-old former Yorkshire batsman hit a top-scoring second-innings...
Patients' Voice
Byline: By Jane Picken Website lets public air hospital views Patients are being urged to log on to a new website and air their honest opinions of hospital care in the North East. The site ( www.patientopinion.org.uk ( is now open to people...
Pedal Power Pals out to Boost Fund
Byline: By Jane Picken Caring work colleagues have rallied round dad David Lathan to raise money in memory of his son who died suddenly aged just 21. Eight of David's closest pals from SCA Hygiene Products in Prudhoe, will undertake a gruelling...
Red Caps: New Probe Agreed over Iraq Deaths
Byline: By Paul McMillan A new probe is to be held into the double slaughter of two Red Caps in Iraq. Cpl Simon Miller, 21, from Washington, and Cpl Paul Long, 24, from South Shields, were among six military policemen attacked by a 400-strong...
Rozenhal Bid on Table
Byline: By Alan Oliver Newcastle United have bid pounds 2m for Paris St-Germain Czech international David Rozenhal. They are still waiting to hear from the French club but United boss Sam Allardyce is expecting that he will bring in the first...
Secretary in School Scam
Byline: By Adam Jupp Scheming secretary Lesley Keogh plundered thousands of pounds from a school's coffers by writing cheques to herself. The 44-year-old carried out the scam while working at the now-closed Chapel Park Middle School, in Newcastle's...
Shearer Steps in to Help Cancer Patient
Byline: By Peter Taylor Donation for dad deprived of drug Soccer great Alan Shearer's new goal is to help a man in his battle to get anti-cancer drugs to prolong his life. Shearer heard from his father, also called Alan, of the plight of Ken...
Showbiz Gossip
Scary Spice MEL B could finally clear up who the father of her baby girl is this week, as her ex EDDIE MURPHY has been ordered to go to court and provide DNA for a paternity test. Mel was very publicly dumped by the Shrek star on TV, and Eddie has...
Shut Down
Byline: By Peter Young Beds line the tiled walls of a Chinese takeaway in a shocking breach of health and safety regulations. The grim find was made as officers from Newcastle's public health and environmental protection food team carried out...
Solicitors in Training for Chronicle Charity Run
Byline: By Gareth Deighan Long legs of the law get moving A firm of solicitors is sending these staff members to this year's Sunshine Run. Forresters solicitors in Jarrow have entered a team for the first time this year and say they are looking...
Store Helps Team to Get Their Goal
Byline: By Tom Mullen New strip at last for lads, thanks to donation Young soccer stars will get a special new strip thanks to donations from a local supermarket. Sainsbury's in Washington donated pounds 276 to the Lambton Lions under-11s...
Toon Tough Guy's Roller-Coaster Journey to Triumph and Tragedy
Byline: By John Gibson Jock Stein, legendary manager of Celtic's Lisbon Lions, labelled him "the hardest man in Scotland." Joe Harvey had phoned his friend to ask about John McNamee, signed not once but twice by big Jock. Harvey had a relegation...
Town Prepares for Its Biggest Test Match
Police are preparing for thousands of cricket fans to flood into County Durham to watch what is being hailed the biggest ever Test match in the region. England's cricket stars will arrive in Chester-le-Street on Friday to face the West Indies in...
Tragedy That Led to a Happy Family
Byline: By Liz Lamb A great-grandmother who adopted a baby after her own child died is speaking out to help her daughter find her birth mum. She tells her story for the first time to Liz Lamb In August 1945, housewife Nora Bell and her miner...
Tune in to Eco-Friendly Home Entertainment
This week Anthony Hendon wrote in with a question for our Green Doctor. He asks: "Like a lot of people, I'm using my computer more and more for entertainment and my TV less and less. My question is ( does using a computer or watching TV use more...
Turnaround for Criticised Home
Byline: By Adam Jupp A care home that was the subject of a Chronicle expos has been ordered to stop taking in residents twice in the last year. Foul smells, pensioners boiling kettles for a bath and grubby furnishings were just some of the problems...
Vaughan Hails Hostile Harmy
Michael Vaughan excused himself from the celebrations over England's npower series win over West Indies to hail the resurgence of mis- firing spearhead Steve Harmison. The Durham fast bowler has attracted his fair share of criticism during the Test...
Vent Your Spleen
I was with my sister on a journey from Edinburgh to Newcastle on March 3. We'd travelled to Edinburgh the day before, when the carriage on which we'd booked hadn't been put on. When we came back they changed the platform at Edinburgh for our train...
We Must Reach the Hard Core Who Fail to Respect the Road
Byline: By Adam Jupp Our Road Respect campaign has been running for one month and here Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander tells Chief Reporter Adam Jupp why he is backing our bid to cut the carnage on our roads Britain has one of the best...
When Women Meet
Vigo WI: Barley Mow Village Hall, 3rd Wednesday of month. A visit from the Wine Club on 20th June. New members very welcome. Woodlands Park WI: Woodlands Park WI met on April 26th 2007. Mrs J Eastern-Taylor gave a report on the spring council...
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